Feb 24 2011 By Fraser Wilson
GLASGOW TIGERS hope to come roaring out the gates after they were handed a run of four successive home fixtures to start the 2011 Premier League campaign.
Promoter Alan Dick reckons the new-look Tigers can set the early pace in the standings - if they can master the upgraded Ashfield track.
First footers to the Possilpark venue are Newport Wasps on Sunday, April 3 and they will be followed by Workington Comets, Berwick Bandits and Newcastle Diamonds.
Dick said: "It's a wee bit unusual to have four in a row at home but hopefully we can take advantage and put some points on the board early on.
"In previous years we have always had a run of away games to start with and it usually meant we are struggling at the bottom of the table.
"It's important to get some early momentum and this gives us that opportunity.
"It will be down to the riders to get used to the new track as quickly as possible and, if they can do that, we could see some exciting times ahead."
Leading the charge for Glasgow will be old heads Joe Screen and James Grieves, pictured.
And Dick is confident his side have assembled a strong middle order to support their top stars after recruiting ex-Edinburgh star Theo Pijper, former Newcastle ace Christian Henry and thrill-a-minute Michal Rajkowski from Berwick.
Dick said: "In the past few years we have given youth its chance with mixed rewards. But we have gone for experience this year.
"Pijper and Henry have been top riders for other clubs in the past and, after spells out with injury, are desperate to rekindle their careers here.
"It's an exciting opportunity for them and equally exciting for us."